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September 03, 2022: National / International Current Affairs
1. Dadu besieged by water; toll crosses 1,200 nationwide
• The water level in Dadu city surrounded on all four sides continued to rise on September 2, 2022 as the overall death toll from the devastating floods, which have affected millions across the country, crossed 1,200.
• The raised level is a consequence of a surge in the flow of water down Indus river, with monstrous floods leaving a trail of destruction in the country`s northern regions.
• Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah told reporters the province was going through its worst floods, more destructive than even 2010 or 2011
2. Ministry of Defence disowns `unrecognised` veterans` bodies
• The Ministry of Defence on September 2, 2022 accused some military veterans` bodies of `masquerading as` representatives of retired servicemen and warned them of punitive action.
• `This office does not recognise or endorse the activities of certain associations of persons masquerading as (or claiming to be) ex-servicemen societies i.e. inter alia, Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society (PESS) and Veterans of Pakistan (VoP) soliciting support and funds for charitable purposes, flood relief, public works or propagation of unwarranted ideas,` a statement issued by the defence ministry said.
• It said the associations were `neither recognised nor authorised, on behalf of the Armed Forces of Pakistan` to act as ex servicemen societies and claim association with the armed forces or its institutions
3. Floods destroyed crops over 0.9m acres in south Punjab
• As the government estimates put the destruction of the standing crops at around 900,000 acres by floods in south Punjab, it has launched a detailed survey to assess the loss of lives and properties, besides the direct or indirect impact of the calamity on the people.
• It has already exempted all flood-hit areas from the collection of Abiana and Maalia (per acre taxes on crops and irrigation water).
• `Around 900,000 acres of land have been affected by the massive floods and rains in various districts of south Punjab, while 40 people have been killed during the calamity. Another 37 people have been killed due to collapsing of houses,` Punjab Local Government & Community Development Department Minister Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed told reporters at a press conference here on Friday
4. UN bodies ramp up relief efforts, seek more funds
• As United Nations` agencies scaled up their response to the catastrophic floods in Pakistan, a renewed call for more funds have been raised to reach over three million children who are in desperate need of support.
• Unicef Pakistan Representative Abdullah Fadil on September 2, 2022 said that $37 million was required to extend the much-needed life-saving support to about 3.4 million children in the country.
• `We urgently need these funds and resources to allow us to continue to provide life-saving medical equipment, essential medicines, vaccines, safe drinking water, hygiene kits, mosquito nets,` Mr Fadil said
5. 50 trucks bring vegetables from Iran, Afghanistan
• Following a decision of the federal government to allow the private sector to import tomatoes and onions from Iran and Afghanistan, 50 trucks carrying the vegetables have crossed into the country through the Taftan and Chaman borders.
• `Over the last two days, 50 large-body trucks entered Pakistan through the Friendship Gates of Taf tan and Chaman,` a senior official of the Quetta Customs Collectorate told Dawn on Friday.
• He said more consignments of onions and tomatoes would reach the country in the coming days